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Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology

Campus Waite Campus

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324611

CRICOS 068885G

Throughout this program, there is an emphasis on the key technical methods and sensory skills (wine tasting and evaluation) required for a career in viticulture and oenology.

Students completing this four-year degree will qualify as both a viticulturist and winemaker (oenologist).

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 324611
    2016 CSP ATAR 66.05
    Adelaide Approved Score 75
    2016 CSP IB 24
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    Assumed Knowledge
    SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Studies

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
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    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324611

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 068885G
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Assumed Knowledge
    Chemistry and Mathematics is desirable
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 75
    IB 25
    A-Level 7
    UEC [Malaysia] 20
    SAT [US] 1665
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] [1] 80%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Bradford Foundation Program 74
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,175

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $34,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Employment opportunities exist for graduates in wine and related industries, directing and developing winemaking and viticultural practices including:

    • viticultural management
    • winemaking and winery management
    • food and beverage technology
    • hospitality and tourism.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Environmental Remediation Officer, Environmental Scientist, Science Communicators, Scientific Officer, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Grape Production, Grower Liaison Officer, Horticulturalist, Vineyard Management, Winery Engineer, Wine Making

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Level 1 teaches basic sciences and foundations of wine science at the North Terrace campus and the National Wine Centre.  At levels 2 and 3 the emphasis is on the scientific and technological aspects of winemaking and viticulture, with courses taught in the winery at the Waite campus.

    At level 4 students will have the opportunity to complete an industry experience placement in either viticulture and/or oenology to enhance personal and career objectives. The program also accommodates an honours stream for those interested in further wine science related research opportunities.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    OENOLOGY 1018NW Foundations of Wine Science I PHYSICS 1101 Physics for the Life and Earth Sciences IA
    PHYSICS 1008 Physical Aspects of Nature I
    S2 BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB*
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    SOIL&WAT 1000WT Soils and Landscapes I STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
    Year2S1 AGRIC 2500WT Animal and Plant Biochemistry II OENOLOGY 2501WT Microbiology for Viticulture and Oenology II PLANT SC 2510WT Foundations in Plant Science SOIL&WAT 2500WT Soil and Water Resources II
    S2 ANIML SC 2501WT Genes & Inheritance II OENOLOGY 2503WT Introductory Winemaking II OENOLOGY 2502WT Sensory Studies II VITICULT 2500WT Viticultural Science II
    Year 3S1 OENOLOGY 3007WT Stabilisation and Clarification III OENOLOGY 3047WT Winemaking at Vintage III PLANT SC 3510WT Plant Health III VITICULT 3021WT Viticultural Science III
    S2 OENOLOGY 3037WT Distillation, Fortified and Sparkling Winemaking III OENOLOGY 3046WT Fermentation Technology III VITICULT 3044WT Viticultural Methods & Procedures III OENOLOGY 3530WT Engineering for Viticulture and Oenology III
    Level IV for Bachelors Stream
    Year4S1 OENOLOGY 3500WT Industry Experience (Viticulture & Oenology) III OENOLOGY 3016WT Cellar & Winery Waste Management Approved Elective 1 x 3units Approved Elective 1 x 3units
    S2 OENOLOGY 3520WT Advances in Wine Science III OENOLOGY 3003WT Wine Packaging and Quality Management III Approved Elective 1 x 3units Approved Elective 1 x 3units
    Level IV for Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology (Hons)
    Year4S1 OENOLOGY 3500WT Industry Experience (Viticulture & Oenology) III OENOLOGY 3016WT Cellar & Winery Waste Management VITICULT 4010AWT Honours in Viticulture and Oenology A
    S2 OENOLOGY 3520WT Advances in Wine Science III OENOLOGY 3003WT Wine Packaging & Quality Management III VITICULT 4010BWT Honours in Viticulture and Oenology B
    *Note: CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S) may be presented in lieu of CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB


    • Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of verbal presentations, written assignments,  practical work or examination work
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